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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Delf  \Delf\,  n.  [AS.  delf  a  delving,  digging.  See  {Delve}.] 
  A  mine;  a  quarry;  a  pit  dug;  a  ditch.  [Written  also  {delft}, 
  and  {delve}.]  [Obs.] 
 
  The  delfts  would  be  so  flown  with  waters,  that  no  gins 
  or  machines  could  .  .  .  keep  them  dry.  --Ray. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Delve  \Delve\,  n.  [See  {Delve},  v.  t.,  and  cf  {Delf}  a  mine.] 
  A  place  dug;  a  pit;  a  ditch;  a  den;  a  cave. 
 
  Which  to  that  shady  delve  him  brought  at  last 
  --Spenser. 
 
  The  very  tigers  from  their  delves  Look  out  --Moore. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Delve  \Delve\v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Delved};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Delving}.]  [AS.  delfan  to  dig;  akin  to  OS  bidelban  to  bury, 
  D.  delven  to  dig,  MHG.  telben,  and  possibly  to  E.  dale.  Cf 
  {Delf}  a  mine.] 
  1.  To  dig;  to  open  (the  ground)  as  with  a  spade. 
 
  Delve  of  convenient  depth  your  thrashing  floor. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  To  dig  into  to  penetrate;  to  trace  out  to  fathom. 
 
  I  can  not  delve  him  to  the  root.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Delve  \Delve\,  v.  i. 
  To  dig  or  labor  with  a  spade,  or  as  with  a  spade;  to  labor  as 
  a  drudge. 
 
  Delve  may  I  not:  I  shame  to  beg.  --Wyclif  (Luke 
  xvi.  3). 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  delve 
  v  :  turn  up  loosen,  or  remove  earth;  "Dig  we  must"  [syn:  {dig}, 
  {cut  into},  {turn  over}] 




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